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Ocean Conference: Trinidad village protects leatherback turtles

An environmental group based in Trinidad and Tobago that has received UN support has become a model for marine conservation in the Caribbean.

Since 1990, Nature Seekers has helped turn the tide on the slaughter of leatherback turtles, the biggest turtles on Earth.

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Why we should honour UN heroes like Captain Diagne

The courageous story of fallen peacekeepers like Captain Mbaye Diagne should serve as a reminder that the UN’s duty to protect “should prevail over all other considerations”, his foundation has said.

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UN promotes women’s entrepreneurship in Afghanistan

Across Afghanistan, women’s employment opportunities are limited. In remote areas of the country, women rarely work outside the home because of cultural constraints and the ongoing conflict.

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“Essential” to implement Paris climate change deal: UN chief

The “unprecedented and growing” threat to the planet posed by climate change means that it’s “absolutely essential” to implement the Paris Agreement, said the UN chief on Tuesday.

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Upsurge in violence forces 88,000 people in CAR to flee: UNHCR

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 88,000 people to flee their homes, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said.

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Tobacco hurts poorest people and the planet too: WHO

Smoking “threatens us all” and, increasingly, the planet’s poorest communities, UN health experts said on Tuesday ahead of World No Tobacco Day 2017 on 31 May.

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Countries meet to tackle US$23 billion illegal fishing trade: FAO

Illicit fishing costs the world up to US$23 billion a year, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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UN Standing Police Capacity: 10 years on the job

From preparing for the Pope’s visit to the Central African Republic to assisting Sierra Leone in conducting elections, the UN’s Standing Police Capacity wears many hats.

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Despite tragic accident, Lebanon in the heart of former peacekeeper

A Dutch army veteran who lost both hands while serving as a UN peacekeeper in Lebanon nearly 40 years ago, says the country is part of his story.

Hans Van Putten had only been in Lebanon for about four months when a grenade exploded in his hands.

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FAO warns “lethal” virus affecting farmed and wild tilapia

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning of a highly contagious disease that is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia.

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